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Raising hope for CQUniversity’s chaplain service

Lynne Coyne
SU QLD CQUniversity Bundaberg Chaplain Lynne Coyne.

Scripture Union Queensland is partnering with CQUniversity Bundaberg to host the Raising Hope cultural dining and entertainment fundraiser to support the university’s chaplain service.

The event is being held on Friday 21 May at the CQUniversity Bundaberg Refectory, bringing together different cultures for a night of entertainment.

Lynne Coyne is the current SU Chaplain at CQUniveristy Bundaberg and relies solely on donations to allow her to continue in the position.

The funds raised at the event will go towards employing Lynne for an extra day each week, providing the opportunity for more staff and students to access her service.

Lynne said the opportunity to offer an extra day of service to the university is important in assisting to maintain the wellbeing of both staff and students.

“Having a chaplain at the university is vital for the welfare of staff and students as they engage in the pressures of higher learning and education,” she said.

“Chaplains are there to provide social, emotional and spiritual support, and they are always available for a chat to anyone in need.”

While the chaplains provide emotional and social support, they also help to connect staff and students to other services to help them maintain their wellbeing.

“We serve a vital role in connecting staff and students to further support if needed through agencies and other referral methods,” she said.

“As a chaplain we are trained and equipped to provide social, emotional and spiritual support to the community while also being a safe person who can provide a non-judgemental listening ear.”

The fundraiser provides an opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience while supporting a great cause which positively impacts the local community.

The night will include a Hangi which will be cooked on the ground by the Interfaith group, a pop-up Bar from Bert’s and side salads from Alowishus.

The Kiribati tribe will be performing a traditional dance and there is the chance to hear from a guest speaker about the Kiribati culture.

The cost of this dining experience is $50 which includes two drinks from Bert’s Pop-Up Bar.

Registrations close at COB today and you can book tickets here.

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